Help­ing Queens­land farm­ers

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By JODIE DIXON

EVEN with all the re­cent rain around the re­gion, Queens­land is still de­clared drought-stricken.

Many fam­i­lies in re­mote Queens­land have been suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of hav­ing no rain for years.

The once-lush graz­ing fields and hun­dreds of head of cat­tle are no longer. Farm­ers have gone bank­rupt and fam­i­lies have been de­stroyed due to the drought.

One Gin Gin lo­cal, Pam Rebbeck, wanted to help small ru­ral towns strug­gling to sur­vive.

“I ap­proached the Gin Gin Cham­ber of Com­merce with the idea of char­ity tins in ev­ery busi­ness in Gin Gin,” Mrs Rebbeck said.

She ap­proached the cham­ber in Oc­to­ber and af­ter a moun­tain of pa­per­work and red tape, they were granted the per­mis­sion and li­cence to of­fi­cially raise funds for the farm­ers.

“Al­most ev­ery busi­ness in Gin Gin has a tin on their counter and I am grate­ful for the town sup­port,” she said.

Gin Gin has hun­dreds of trav­ellers a day pass­ing through the town and Mrs Rebbeck be­lieves the tins will raise much-needed funds.

The funds raised are to be placed in the trust­ing hands of the Gin Gin Cham­ber of Com­merce and 100% of the pro­ceeds raised will go to Queens­land farm­ers.

“We are look­ing for an or­gan­i­sa­tion to take on the mas­sive chal­lenge to co-or­di­nate a food bank,” Mrs Rebbeck said.

It’s a huge ask for just one per­son, so the cham­ber has re­quested for an or­gan­i­sa­tion to sup­port and co-or­di­nate the col­lec­tion.

“In­ter­ested groups or or­gan­i­sa­tions are en­cour­aged to con­tact the Gin Gin Cham­ber of Com­merce and nom­i­nate their in­ter­est,” Mrs Rebbeck said.

She said the col­lec­tion tins are avail­able un­til June and hopes Childers will sup­port their fundrais­ing ef­fort.

“We would like a group in Childers to co-or­di­nate the col­lec­tion tins and to help raise funds for strug­gling farm­ers,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to sup­port Queens­land farm­ers, email the Gin Gin Cham­ber of Com­merce sec­re­tary at sec­re­tary@ ging­in­qld.org.au.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

RAIS­ING FUNDS: Gin Gin busi­nesses are sup­port­ing Queens­land farm­ers. Pic­tured are Natasha Do­herty, An­drew Mar­land, Alex Wal­ters, Pam Rebbeck and Joanne Logan. The two dogs are Max and Mandy.

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